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Fact Check: Here’s the truth behind viral pic of astronaut roaming above earth

While some are thrilled to see an astronaut doing so, others are skeptical about the authenticity of the picture

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New Delhi: The astonishing pictures and videos of astronauts having a stroll in space never seem to abate our zest.

Spacewalking, which happens to be a highly risky and tricky task, is usually performed while the astronauts are safely tethered to their spacecraft.

However, a picture of an astronaut floating untethered above the earth is going viral on social media.

A Twitter user posted the image with caption, “Insane picture of astronaut Bruce McCandless II, the first person to conduct an untethered free flight in space”.

While some are thrilled to see an astronaut doing so, others are skeptical about the authenticity of the pic.

The image was originally shared in November last year, as a Facebook Post.  The post read, “This is a real image of an astronaut that ventured 320 feet from the orbiter, he was 170 miles above Earth. It’s arguably one of the best astronaut-related photos ever taken!”

A news report by USA today confirmed that the viral picture was taken back in 1984 during astronaut Bruce McCandless’s first-ever untethered spacewalk.

 

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